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Heen & Weer

Rating: 3.85

A seventh beer from De Molen now, this one follows on from the half pint of their Rasputin imperial stout that I tried around Easter time in Amsterdam, managing to find some on-tap in to the bargain. Translated to English as ‘Back & Forth’, this one is described by the brewery as being ‘Belgian Tripel-ish’ and is a bottle that I picked up sometime in late 2014 but held back on drinking after the bottle advised that it would keep for up to three years after bottling; hopefully it’s worth the wait. This one is a rotating offering from De Molen that I picked up around the same time as two imperial stouts from the brewery although I’m still holding on to both of them as they should keep for twenty-five year according to the bottle but I’m sure I’ll get round to drinking them before that.

Heen & Weer

Appearance (4/5): A bright and slightly orange looking amber colour to this one with a hazy body but there wasn’t too much of a head other that a touch of patchy lacing sitting in the middle of the glass plus a little bit more sitting around the edges.
Aroma (8/10): This one was a lot more sweet and sticky initially than I’d been expecting with some caramel and toffee coming through alongside a good alcohol presence and some honey. The balance on the nose seemed good with plenty of floral notes and yeast in there before some sweet and ripe fruits coming through; most notably some oranges, lemon and apples with a few other nondescript ones following on not far behind. Towards the end some spices and a few light malts and earthy hops made themselves known as well.
Taste (7/10): Starting with some floral flavours and plenty of spice, this one features some bread malts and a decent amount of sweetness early on. I got some caramel and a few earthy hops in there as well before a few of the fruits came through and added to the sweetness and helping offset some of the alcohol showing itself towards the end of the beer with some orange, lemon and even some coriander featuring here.
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied and quite smooth with a fair amount of alcohol showing alongside the sweetness which helped give the beer a warming feel that was quite dry. The balance of the beer wasn’t too bad but I could detect the odd bland patch around the middle which surprised me given how strong the nose was. Carbonation wise the beer was about average for the style or maybe slightly below average but it certainly wasn’t flat and there was some nice spices in there towards the end.

Overall (15/20): Not a bad beer at all from De Molen, it certainly started a lot sweeter than I’d anticipated but it wasn’t quite overdone with some earthy and floral hops coming through alongside some bread malts to help balance out the caramel and fruits. There was a few nice spices coming through and the beer had a nice alcohol kick into the bargain as well but I couldn’t help but think it seemed a little bland and close to basic in a few areas, it could probably have been a whole lot better too. That being said, this was a nice beer and one that I enjoyed without it really doing enough to truly impress me.

Brewed In: Bodegraven, South Holland, Netherlands
Brewery: Brouwerij de Molen
First Brewed: 2008
Type: Tripel
Abv: 9.2%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Whole Foods Market (Giffnock)
Price: £2.99

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  1. January 26, 2016 at 08:40

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